Today, it’s not all that hard to create yourself a website. In fact, that’s the easy part. It’s getting people to come and visit your site that is the hardest part of all. To get traffic to your site takes a lot of work, time, effort and sometimes even money to be able to do it. Be careful when trying to get traffic and don’t fall for a lot of those get traffic quick promises out there as a lot of them, just like the get rich schemes, are scams. Some of the better and more reliable methods are listed below.

First things first, make sure that your website looks as professional as possible. It’s best that if you are just starting and haven’t gotten set up yet, to get yourself a domain name first and then set up your website. Make sure then that you build your site with a theme that best suits your design and make sure that it’s not too cluttered or messy looking. Also, make sure the domain name isn’t too long either. Make sure the site is easy to navigate, easy to read and doesn’t have a bunch of flashy stuff.

One way of boosting your ranking in the search engines is to get other websites out there to link to yours and you then can link to them. This is called link building and there are tons of ways to do this. Of course the good old fashioned way is to email the sites you’d like to have links on and ask them to post your link in exchange for posting theirs on your website. You can also post a link inside of your comments that you might make on different forums and blogs but at the same time you need to make an attempt to communicate. Remember, people can spot a spammer from a mile away so don’t just use the blogs or forums to promote yourself, get involved with the conversations. You can also guest write for other sites if you want and they generally will allow you to include a link to your site within your article.

Make sure that you are familiar with SEO or search engine optimization. This is a term for anything that will improve your rankings on search engines but it usually means that you use some practices that will make site more friendly for search engines.

The most common is how you code. Having “alt” attributes within your coding is a good one or making sure that your headings have “h1” or “h2” tags on them. You will also want to make sure that the meta info that you provide for your page has good descriptions and good keywords or search words. You also need to make sure that the title tag has keywords in it as well so that the URL will contain the keywords.

You can also use social bookmarking sites like Digg, Reddit as well as StumbleUpon to help drive more traffic to your site. Facebook and Twitter can be used as well, but they are not the be all or end all way of promoting traffic as some originally thought they would be. These two are better for getting your so called “brand” out to the public than they are for directing traffic to your website.

Do some advertising by joining a good affiliate program. Probably one of the better one of these that can send traffic your way is by getting into the Google Adwords program. You will only pay for the advertising when someone clicks through to your website, which means though that the traffic you get is guaranteed. However, this can be expensive and some advertising for you site can do more harm than good to your site.

In order to maintain any traffic you start getting to your site and for them to spread the word, the content that you place on your site has to be of high quality and your content should be consistent and you need to make sure that you constantly update your site in order to keep people coming back for more.